Spring is right around the corner, and Netflix aims to end the coldspell with a series of red hot blockbusters, car shows aimed at gearheads, groundbreaking docs from the WWII era and more original content then you can shake a shamrock at.
This March, make way for classics as Blazing Saddles, This is Spinal Tap and Jurassic Park, as well as half a dozen car shows for gearheads. There are also a few bounties from the Disney deal and a few docs from the WWII archives. Enjoy!
Angry Birds: Season 2 (2013)
“The birds are back for another season of Toons! Unfortunately, the pigs are back too. It is Piggy Island after all. Can these two finally learn to live together in harmony?”
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks genius comedy that is more relevant today than ever before. Written by Brookes and Richard Pryor and starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, this is perhaps the one of the greatest comedies ever made. And the greatest group costume for Halloween if you have awesome friends.
The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
John Huston’s docu on the historic battle in which thousands lost their lives for a strategic stronghold in Italy.
The big screen adaptation that swept the Oscars and the box office 15 years ago. Starring Rene Zellweger as wannabe celeb Roxie Hart and Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly, this hoofer zeroes in on sensationalizing violence for entertainment’s sake…and all the jazz.
Deep Run (2015)
From executive producer Susan Sarandon’s, pic “is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole Ray Davis is a young trans man who uses his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs to counter the bigotry he experiences daily.” Read more about it on the official site.
Friday After Next (2002)
Slacker Craig finally moves out of his parents house and into a pot-smoking paradise with cousin Day-Day. Hijinks ensue.
Head 2 Head (Season 2)
Hot Rod Unlimited (Season 1)
Ignition (Season 1)
Roadkill (Season 2)
A ton of car shows to get you all revved up.
I have more car puns, but you’ve probably heard them all already if you are a fan of these shows.
Impossible Dreamers (2017)
Docu following a handful of senior citizen athletes for three years as they attempt to make their dreams come true during their golden years.
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
The Steven Spielberg blockbuster series that opened the door to credible CGI and the use of dinosaurs as big screen big bads. The iconic film also gifted us Dr. Malcolm, so thank you.
By the end of the series, raptors have evolved to the point where attempt to take out humanity using laser cannons, speak with English accents and wear monocles because they are fancy like that.
Kate and Mim-Mim (Season 2)
Canadian toon about a young girl and a giant purple bunny.
Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945)
Another installment from the Frank Capra American propaganda series, this time focusing on the evils of Japan. Written by John Huston and commissioned by the U.S. War Department, pic is a snapshot into a forgotten time that is seemingly being repeated in today’s political environment. Enjoy!
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The original story about misfit Po (Jack Black), a food vendor who is the unlikely candidate for a prophecy and a protector of a city.
Let There Be Light (1946)
John Huston docu that takes a hard look at the effects of PTSD before it was even diagnosed. The filmmaker used the medium to examine returning soldiers and veterans who experienced trauma on the battleground.
Christopher Nolan’s made his introduction into the American consciousness with this nonlinear noir tale about murder, mayhem and tats.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Owen Wilson dons his best Woody impression in this time travel tale about a sell-out writer who meets his heroes while vacationing in Paris.
Nacho Libre (2006)
Jack Black plays a monk-turned-wrestler in the surprising true story that should have been a bit better considering the source material.
Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
An important piece of cinema produced during the Nuremberg war crimes trial to be presented as evidence against the Nazi leaders. Should be required viewed for every generation.
Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
Docu on the legendary Brit band marking their 50 years together.
Singing With Angels (2016)
Woman decides to sing with Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Miracles happen.
“A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations”
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Fun laffer that about faking it and never making it. Starring Marisa Tomei, Natasha Lyonne and someone else’s breasts, a great little indie comedy filled with genuine performances.
The Craft (1996)
AKA Goth 101.
So, are you a Nancy or a Sarah? A twisted teen thriller about girls gone bad who turn to witchcraft to get revenge.
This is a movie for the ages that requires repeated viewing.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
If you haven’t seen this masterpiece of mockumentary cinema, please stop reading this article and watch this immediately. Your life is only half lived.
This is a gateway drug to some of the best comedies ever created.
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Not Spinal Tap, but not bad. Tenacious D.
The origin story of Tenacious D and all their awesomeness.
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
The World War II docu about the first U.S. Army Air Forces bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe.
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Frank Capra docu created for the US Army as a propaganda film to help convince African Americans to enlist. An important piece of Americana and filmmaking.
Docu on the US aerial operations of Operation Strangle during World War II,
Tunisian Victory (1944)
A pro-Allied forces propaganda film about the campaign against Germany’s Afrika Korps in North Africa.
Greenleaf (Season 1)
“Greenleaf, the new original drama from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under, Brothers & Sisters), transports viewers to Memphis, Tennessee, and introduces them to the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling mega-church.”
Safe Haven (2013)
B-listers Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders star in this romantic thriller about a mysterious woman with a hidden past who arrives in a small town.
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (Netflix original)
“Comic sensation Amy Schumer riffs on sex, dating and the absurdities of fame in a bold and uncensored stand-up set at Denver’s Bellco Theater.”
Hands of Stone (2016)
Robert DeNiro and Edgar Ramirez stars in this sports bio about Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran and his trainer Ray Arcel.
The Waterboy (1998)
Before Adam Sandler could only play Adam Sandler, he was just mildly annoying in mediocre comedies like this one. Here he plays Bobby Boucher, a waterboy for a college football team who ends up their winning player.
Indian comedy featuring a cast of non-professional actors as they tell the story about the death of the village elder.
Buddy Thunderstruck (Season 1)
“Follow the outrageous, high-octane adventures of Buddy Thunderstruck, a truck-racing dog who brings guts and good times to the town of Greasepit.”
Burning Sands (Netflix original series)
“Promising student Zurich opens his eyes to some hard truths when his fraternity’s violent hazing escalates into a disastrous hell night.”
Love (Season 2; Netflix original series)
“Rebellious Mickey and good-natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy co-created by Judd Apatow.”
One More Time (Season 1)
“This fantasy drama follows an indie band singer who repeatedly undergoes unwanted time slips and the girlfriend he must save from an unlucky fate.”
The Boss’ Daughter (2016)
Middle age textile worker finds love with his boss’ daughter in this French romancer.
Must Love Dogs (2005)
John Cusack plays Not Lloyd Dobler as he attempts to attract a girlfriend by being kind, handsome, funny and emotionally available. Instead of kickboxing, he makes boats.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Hilary Swank nabbed another Oscar for her role as a boxer in this Clint Eastwood drama that will leave you emotionally devastated. Morgan Freeman narrates, so you know it’s good.
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Disney remakes the playful ‘70s charmer with this CGI drama that takes itself a bit too seriously. This time around, it removes the musical numbers about chopping up dragons and beating children.
Just one of the 30 stops made by the comedian on this national tour.
Disney’s The BFG (2016)
Does not stand for Big Fucking Giant.
Based on the Roald Dahl story and directed by Spielberg, but seemed to aim for a much younger audience than anticipated.
Lucha Underground (Seasons 1-2)
Notes on Blindness (2016)
Set in 1983, film follows the journey of writer John Hull, who goes blind just days before the birth of his first child.
Creepy stop-motion kiddie tale about a young girl who finds new versions of her parents in another dimension that seem happier, nicer… but something is not quite right.
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (Netflix original)
With their mother in jail and bills piling up, ambitious small-town teens Deidra and Laney plot a series of train robberies to keep themselves afloat.
Julie’s Greenroom (Season 1)
“Precocious puppets stage their own musical under the watchful eye of mentor Julie Andrews in this original kids’ series from the Jim Henson Company.”
Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 1; Netflix original series)
“Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny.”
“Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness. When she’s suddenly orphaned at one month, the keepers and scientist looking after the herd become tireless surrogate mothers.”
Samurai Gourmet (Netflix original)
“The live action series Samurai Gourmet, based on Masayuki Kusumi’s essay and the manga of the same title, featuring the life of Takeshi Kasumi.”
Come and Find Me (2016)
Aaron Paul stars in this drama about a man who discovers that his partner was living a double life after she inexplicably disappears.
The Vampire Diaries (Season 8)
Insanely good looking people who never age. So….all actors on the CW network.
Ali & Nino (2016)
World War I drama about a Muslim prince who falls in love with a Christian princess.
French sci-fi thriller about a young boy who is subjected to medical procedures on a secluded island populated by only women and young boys.
Fire at the Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
Thought provoking documentary about the migrants of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
How to Get Away with Murder (Season 3)
Another notch on the Shonda Rhimes empire starring Viola Davis…ahem….Oscar winner Viola Davis.
Welcome to New York (2015)
Drama based on the events of New York v. Strauss-Kahn, in which a French politician was accused of rape by a member of staff at the Sofitel Hotel in NY.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles (Season 2; Netflix original series)
“The fun-loving Gumbles bounce and play while staying away from the foul-smelling Bottersnikes who live in a nearby junkyard.”
Déjà Vu (2006)
Time bending thriller starring Denzel Washington as a ATF agent who is on the hunt for a terrorist.
Grace and Frankie (Season 3. Netflix original series)
“They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”
Ingobernable (Season 1; Netflix original series)
“The first lady of Mexico is a woman of conviction and ideals. But when she loses faith in her husband, she’ll need all her strength to uncover the truth.”
Aussie black comedy about a prankster whose jokes go a bit too far…
The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)
True crime story about Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the founder and head of American Atheist who was abducted and murdered in 2015.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
A groundbreaking iconic pic that is basically a kiddie dream come true. Bob Hoskins plays a private eye set with the task to prove toon actor Roger Rabbit is innocent of murder. Starring every iconic cartoon you ever bought on a t-shirt at the mall.
The Student Body (2017)
“The Student Body is a true underdog story of two brave girls who take a stand against government hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths of the childhood obesity debate.” – Official site
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
The harrowing and dramatic tale of the USS Indianapolis is done a disservice by using the Bad New Bears of the Screen Actors Guild to retell events. Starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and anyone else they could pay in craft services take-away, pic was quickly pulled from theatrical release once word got out.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Another notch on the Wes Anderson belt of awesomeness (for folks who like his work). Bill Murray stars as an oceanographer on the hunt for the jaguar shark. Hijinks and Owen Wilson ensue.
Better Call Saul (Season 2)
The Breaking Bad spinoff is probably the best work Bob Odenkirk has done since Mr. Show. Genius on every level and perfect to binge when you have a few days to kill.
The gang make the move to Los Angeles to run a detective agency and live out their Magnum PI fantasies in the seventh year of the adult toon.
Life in Pieces (Season 1)
The chronicles of the Short family and the narrative of their lives in Los Angeles.
13 Reasons Why (Season 1; Netflix original series)
Selena Gomez plays the part of exec producer in this heavy hitting teen drama about suicide. Based on the novel by Jay Asher.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have a friend who has made all the mistakes in life there are to make, and then tells you exactly where he went wrong, so you don’t have to? COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE is a new comedy that explores what we all go through on our way to figuring out what life is all about.”
Dinotrux (Season 4, Netflix original series)
Half dinosaur, half construction truck, full-on fun! Watch giant Ty Rux, his little buddy Revvit and the crew come face-to-face with evil D-Structs.
The Discovery (Netflix original)
“One year after a scientist verifies the existence of the afterlife, his son falls in love with a woman haunted by a tragic past.”
Horror pic about a young couple who are terrified of their first born baby. But not in a “what the hell are we doing” way.
Five Came Back (1939)
Drama about nine passengers involved in a plane crash in South America and the harrowing journey of the five who survived. Starring Lucille Ball, Chester Morris and John Carradine.
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)
The story behind the all-female wrestling league and TV show from the ‘80s and the characters who made up the colorful cast.
Rosewood (Season 1)
“From executive producer Todd Harthan, Private pathologist Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr (Morris Chestnut) helps the Miami police department solve its toughest cases, whether they want his input or not. Season 1 sees Rosewood team up with maverick detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) to find clues where no one else can.”
Five Came Back (Netflix original)
Featuring narration by Meryl Streep, and interviews and commentary from Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan, the series tells the story of filmmakers John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens, whose work producing WWII documentaries brought the realities of the war home to everyday Americans.